Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Lush Gift!


My Best (and longest) Internet Friend sent me a package in the mail!!! It said LUSH on the box, so I knew right away what was inside. The wrapping reminds me of the 60's hippies, and a few of the things inside the box remind me of the hippie culture too. This package is called, "Bright and Breezy" it says, "Three cheerful products to put a spring in your step." What a thoughtful gift!


Each Peach (And Two's A Pair) Massage Bar: A cheery citrus bar with cocoa, avocado and mango butters to make skin softer and moods brighter. You are supposed to massage this onto dry skin, and it will melt upon contact.


Happy Hippy Shower Gel: Enjoy an early morning trip to the shower with this cheerful gel bursting with fresh pink grapefruit juice, bergamot and frankincense essential oils. I love the smell of pink grapefruit! This reminds me of the "Happy Hippy" Dance they had at the school I work at. Everyone was supposed to dress as a Hippie.


Karma Soap: Our classic exotic and earthy soap. Use on your hands and body to enjoy wafts of patchouli, sweet orange and lemongrass oils all day long - spread the good Karma! This is another thing that reminds me of Hippies - the patchouli. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

March IPSY Bag


This is the bag for this month. I like the bright colors, but I don't like the pattern.


Crown Brush AC012 Shadow/Crease Duet: I really like this brush! It is very soft. I have never had a crown brush before. One side is a pencil brush, and the other side would be a good fluffy, crease brush.


Pur-lisse Pur-delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser and Makeup Remover: This says it is sulfate-free and non-drying. It gently washes away dirt and makeup (even mascara). It also soothes and tones skin. It is for all skin types. I will try this out.


3 in 1 Revolution Light: It says it is a toner serum and moisturizer in one. It says it is healthy food for your skin. It is for normal to oily skin. I haven't tried this yet, so I don't know if I like it or not.



NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie: I have heard people talk about the NYX Butter Lipsticks. It is a pretty warm pink color.



Pixi Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow: I have seen Pixi sold at Target, and it is expensive for a drugstore makeup brand. This seems to be a shimmery eye shadow duo. One color is a shimmery peach/apricot (it looks gold in the picture) and the other color is a shimmery bronze.

I am the most happy to get the brush.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March Birchbox


I have to be honest with this box. I think it looks very strange. I don't get it. It must be the latest trendy art movement?


This month's theme is creativity. I'm not sure what that has to do what is inside the box because to me it seems like the sort of things that are normally in the box, but I guess doing your hair and makeup can be a creative thing. The card says, "I feel most creative when I ... When do you feel most creative? Fill out the front of this card, share it, and tag #birchbox and #giveaway for a chance to win full-size versions of everything in your box!" I am not going to do this, but I will answer the question right now. I feel the most creative when I put on makeup. I feel like an artist.


Macadamia Natural Oil Nourishing Moisture Masque: "This luxe treatment reinforces strands for shinier, stronger, healthier-looking hair. After shampooing, coat strands from near roots to ends. Wait 7 minutes, then rinse." I think I actually already have this. If it is what I already have then I haven't noticed anything remarkable about this. It seems like a normal conditioner to me. 


Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray: "This medium-hold spray gives any hair volume and shape - while keeping its natural bounce. Shake well, and spray onto roots for extra oomph or your whole head for flexible hold." I will have to try this when I put my hair in a ponytail, and see if I can get more volume.


Wei Manuka Bee Venom Anti-Wrinkle Mask: "This treatment firms, softens, and minimizes fine lines, with a warm tingle as it works. Brush mask onto clean face, avoiding eyes, 1-2 times weekly. Wait 10 minutes, then rinse." I'm sort of nervous to put bee venom on my face! 


Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24-Hour Miracle Cream): "A makeup artist must-have, this cult moisturizer moonlights as a primer and makeup remover. Apply a small amount to clean face and neck, or dab on with a cotton ball to remove makeup." I am the most excited to get this in my box! I have seen the Pixiwoo sisters use this many times on their Youtube makeup tutorials.



Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney: "Velvety color with a modern matte finish. No need for lip liner. This stain stays put. Glide wand over lips. Wear as is for bright color, or blot for a subtler look." I have noticed that matte lips have been "in" lately. I don't know if this color would look good on me.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

February Favorites

Favorite TV Shows



Real Housewives of Beverly Hills


Vanderpump Rules

Songs

1. Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
2. Nothin' On You (feat. Bruno Mars) - B. o. B.
3. Centuries - Fall Out Boy
4. Just Say Jesus - 7eventh Time Down
5. Lead Me to the Cross - Chris and Conrad
6. Black or White - Michael Jackson
7. Good to Be Alive - Jason Gray

Beauty Products


1. Fortune Cookie Wonderland Futterwacken Body Wash: I got this in my Fortune Cookie Soap Box for the Spring. The theme this season is Alice In Wonderland. This is described as smelling like, "Sun warmed lilies brightened with a splash of grapefruit and a breath of fresh air." I love the way this smells. It is very refreshing. I guess Futterwacken is the name of the dance the Mad Hatter does in the movie.


2. L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W1-2 Porcelain/Light: This foundation goes on my dry, winter skin better than the foundation I was using which was Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin. It is more moisturizing.


3. Elf Mineral Face Primer in Tone Adjusting Green: I remember seeing this in someone's video, and I was very interested. It is supposed to be good for covering up red skin, but I didn't see it do anything like that. But it is a good primer. I like the way it feels on my skin.



4. Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette: This is another palette I got at Christmas time. I really like neutrals, and I like the quality of these chocolate bar palettes. Some of the shadows are shimmery and some are matte. I have heard people say this isn't as good as the original chocolate bar palette, but I think it is. 

So those are my favorites of the month of February! I hope someone found this helpful in some way. If you want to you can leave a link to your blog with your favorites in the comment section. I hope you have a great month!

Friday, February 20, 2015

February Birchbox


This is February's Birchbox. I like the flourescent colors. It looks like there are talk bubbles on it. I think that has to do with this month's theme.


I like how Birchbox always has a card saying what the theme is and then on the other side is a description of everything included in the box. I wish the IPSY Bag did that. This is what the card says, "Calling all buddies, pals, partners-in-crime, and BFFs. February may be about a certain romance-focused holiday, but we're just as thrilled to celebrate those people who cheer us on, calm us down, and - most importantly - make us laugh so hard we cry. Here's to friendship, in all its incredible forms!" I like that they are thinking of more than Valentine's Day.



The Balm Cosmetics Read My Lips Lip Gloss in BAM! "Fortified with antioxidant-rich ginseng, this gloss imparts rich color and loads of shine. Sweep onto lips on its own, or layer over lipstick for a custom (and ultra shiny) hue." I like this rosy color. It seems opaque enough to be worn alone.


Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant: "This leave-on exfoliant wipes away impurities to reveal smooth, even-toned, glowing skin. Once or twice daily, apply to clean skin with a cotton ball or pad." This is a big sample! It has Salicylic Acid and is for all skin types. It says it reduces redness and builds collagen. It unclogs and diminishes enlarged pores. So it looks like you cleanse the skin, then put this on, and then moisturize. I am going to try it out to see how I like it.


Amika Nourishing Mask: "Paraben-free treatment that conditions and repairs with super fruit sea buckthorn berry. Smooth onto lengths and ends of damp hair. Leave 5-10 minutes before rinsing." I still have to try this out.


BeeKind Body Lotion: "Made with honey and organic chamomile, this yummy UK fave sinks in to restore skin. Massage generously into skin." It smells like lemon candy to me. It feels good on the skin. On the back it says, "The honey bee population is in crisis. A portion of the proceeds of this product supports honey bee and sustainable pollination research." I guess that's why it's called "BeeKind".


English Laundry Signature for Her: "Inspired by English gardens, this charmer balances floral and woodsy notes. Apply to pulse points and enjoy the sophisticated bouquet." I love the way this smells! 

I still need to try out a lot of these products. It is fun getting something in the mail.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February IPSY Bag


I have been subscribed to IPSY in the past. I decided to subscribe again. It was probably after watching someone's Youtube video about it. It is like the Birchbox. It comes in the mail every month. It is only $10 every month. I was on the wait list for a time. I think this month's bag is very cute.


Eva-nye Up All Night Volumizing Spray: The bottle says, "For added volume and texture. Protects from heat styling. For all hair types." I have used this several times. I don't notice it doing much for my hair.


Luxie 504 Large Angled Brush: I was really happy to get this! I love the rose gold in the handle. This brush is so soft. It will make a nice blush brush.



Model CO Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini: I think this is a pretty blush. It is peach with gold in it. It isn't shimmery. It reminds me of NARS Orgasm Blush.



Cargo Lip Gloss in Anguilla: It is a matte, light pink gloss. I haven't worn it yet, so I don't know if it will look good on me. It seems like it has a nice texture.



ME Eye Accent Pencil in Amethyst: This is a matte purple eye liner. It has a sharpener in the lid. I think this is a good quality eye liner. I haven't worn it yet, but I can tell from the swatch.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fortune Cookie Soap Box: Wonderland


For the Spring Soap Box the theme is Alice in Wonderland! *-* This box comes quarterly and it is $19.99 a quarter. Right now the box is sold out, but pretty soon the products will be available in the website. The box includes a sample of things that are in the Spring collection.


Futterwacken Body Wash: "Not here! Everyone's watching! Sun warmed lilies brightened with a splash of grapefruit and a breath of fresh air." Futterwacken is the dance the Mad Hatter does in the Alice in Wonderland movie. This smells so good! I can smell the grapefruit and lilies.


It's Only A Dream Whipped Cream: "Welcome to Wonderland, where playing cards come to life and everything is full of nonsense. Calming verbena, lemongrass, calla lily, and citrus blended with leafy greens, ylang-ylang, rosewood, and ozone; with hints of soft musk and roses." It smells like flowers to me. It is a body lotion.


There is always something in the box that goes with the theme or the season, so for the Spring there is a cute little butterfly.


Almost Alice Fortune Cookie Soap: "I'd rather be almost Alice than completely Bob - or Stan for that matter! Fresh green snap peas and juicy pears brighten this bouquet of seer pea flowers, and freesia, sprinkled with ripe berries." This smells like freshness to me.


Twisted Tea Party Bath Tea: "That sounds like my kind of party, as long as you're serving Long Islands! A light, refreshing, green tea with notes of sweet herbs, vanilla bean, cucumber, golden amber, and hints of neroli and geranium, stirred with a bright sprig of spearmint. Directions: Place tea bag directly in a warm bath." It smells like green tea. I have never had a bath tea before! Sounds interesting.


Eat Me Perfume Oil: "I dare you...but not really, your tummy would hurt. Scrumptious yellow cake with a fresh slathering of rich, creamy vanilla frosting, topped with fresh white pineapple slices and garnished with a sprig of blooming cilantro." This smells just like cake and vanilla frosting. It is so sweet! I love it.


We're All Mad Here - OCD: "...which truly explains a lot! Playful mint waters and natural levy green notes perform a masterful balancing act with musky rich cedarwood." OCD is the hand sanitizer. I need to keep this in my coat pocket. This smells like some kind of greenery. It smells fresh.


Who Are You? Incense Cones: "...what exactly are you smoking, vapor? A mysterious mixture of crisp, ripe, pear twisted with tart limes, vanilla orchid, and a dash of raw cane sugar. Directions: Place cone on a non-flammable surface, light tip and let burn for 10 seconds, then extinguish. OR Keep cones in muslin bag and use as a sachet. There are hundreds of ways to use a sachet - GTS! :)" I think I will keep this with my clothes. It smells like pears.


Off With Their Heads! Bath Bomb: "I just love my morning coffee and executions, don't you? Groves of Meyer lemons and succulent oranges mingle with a perfectly manicured garden of wild roses, violets, and star jasmine perfumed with romantic tones of bergamot and Egyptian musk." It smells like flowers to me. It looks like there are flower petals in it.